Crystal Palace vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be aiming to secure their fifth win in five games under Alan Pardew as they face an Everton side that is very much in need of a morale-boosting three points.

The atmosphere that greeted Pardew in his first home game in charge against Tottenham back on January 10 was breathtaking, and the momentum gained from earning a dramatic victory that day is showing no signs of relenting. For now at least, scoring goals no longer seems to be a major problem.

That was in evidence at Burnley as the Eagles used all of their newfound spirit to overturn a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 and move further clear of the drop zone, while Marouane Chamakh marked his return from injury with a brace in the impressive FA Cup success at Southampton.

With the hosts in such good form, the raucous Selhurst Park crowd could leave Everton a little intimidated, and the pressure is now very much on with the club now just four points clear of the bottom three, when at the beginning of the season the top four was their aim.

The goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion last time out highlighted many of the problems within Roberto Martinez’ side, as there was a lack of energy and incisiveness in the final third. Full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman are also making much less of an impact.

New signing Jordon Mutch could make his Palace debut after joining from Queens Park Rangers, but Shola Ameobi is not fit enough to play a part.

Everton are likely to have Sylvain Distin back available after injury along with Irish midfield duo Darron Gibson and James McCarthy.

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